The exciting instant save was back on “The Voice” Tuesday as the Top 12 artists learned which of them would be advancing to the Top 11. So which team benefited and who was sent home? Coaches Blake Shelton and Alicia Keys had no artists in trouble with all of them selected to move forward. Not so lucky were their rivals Gwen Stefani and Adam Levine, who each had an artist land in the bottom two. It was revealed that Troy Ramey from Team Gwen and Mark Isaiah from Team Adam would have to battle it out for the instant save. In the end, Team Gwen took the first big blow of the season as Troy was voted off and Mark survived another week.
Host Carson Daly wasted no time kicking the episode off in dramatic fashion, revealing the first three safe artists just moments after the live episode began. Team Gwen’s Brennley Brown was the first to be saved, which came as no surprise as she was the top iTunes artist of the week. Next to be called to safety was Team Adam’s Jesse Larson. Rounding out the first group of contestants named to the top 11 was Lauren Duski from Team Blake.
Upon returning from a commercial break, Daly announced the creation of the Christina Grimmie Foundation, benefiting those impacted by gun violence and families affected by breast cancer. Grimmie was a finalist on Season 6 of “The Voice,” where she came in third place as a part of Team Adam. She was tragically shot and killed while signing autographs for fans at an event in Orlando, Florida last June. Team Adam, consisting of Jesse, Mark, and Lilli Passero followed the announcement by singing “Hey Jude” in her memory with their coach.
Following the emotional performance, the remaining artists were brought to the stage to learn their fate in the competition. Called forward to advance were Team Alicia’s Vanessa Ferguson and Team Blake’s Aliyah Moulden.
To lighten the mood a bit, G-Eazy took the stage to perform his new hit single “Good Life,” which is on the motion picture soundtrack of the blockbuster film “The Fate of the Furious.” Following the energetic performance, the winner of “The Voice” Snapchat competition was revealed. Snapchat users from across the country submitted videos of themselves singing for a chance to be flown to Los Angeles to make an appearance on the episode and win a place in the blind auditions for Season 13. The winner was Ignatious Carmouche, a 22-year old from Lafayette, Louisiana.
Wasting no time getting back to business, the seven remaining artists in jeopardy were back on stage to learn the names of two more contestants voted to safety. Carson announced those artists were Team Adam’s Lilli and Team Alicia’s Chris Blue. Team Blake took the stage for the first time for a performance of a honky-tonk classic “Crippled Inside” with his team. Quickly following, it was revealed that Team Gwen’s Hunter Plake, Team Blake’s TSoul , and Team Alicia’s Stephanie Rice would move on to the top 11.
Now singing for the instant save, Troy stuck with the same formula he has used throughout the season by performing the Uncle Kracker version of “Drift Away.” Like most of his choices thus far, he delivered with consistency but failed to create a memorable moment. Mark took a new approach in hopes to keeping his dream alive. Moving away from the light pop music, he took on the powerful Bruno Mars ballad “When I Was Your Man.” Although Mark’s charisma helped pull him through the performance, he doesn’t have the chops to do that song justice. After a five-minute voting window, Mark was announced as the winner of the instant save, winning by an approximate margin of 52-48 percent. Troy was eliminated from the competition. The Top 11 will sing live again on Monday, May 1, for a chance to advance to the Top 10.
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